Nurturing Your Nonprofit

Nurturing Your Nonprofit (NYN) is NACF’s series of educational workshops offered to nonprofits to help them function more effectively and efficiently.  We organize 2-3 workshops per year addressing issues confronting nonprofit executives, their staffs and volunteers.  Providing low-cost workshops locally saves participants travel time, effort and money.  NACF conducted a recent survey among nonprofits and asked “if NACF had to choose doing one of these things, which would you choose?  Grants or Nurturing Your Nonprofit?”  The majority chose Nurturing Your Nonprofit!

Topics for NYN have included Grant writing, Marketing, Effective Board Leadership and Fundraising among others.  One great example is Nurturing Resilience, which was offered in partnership with the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County and Northwest Passage. The workshop presented information to gain an understanding of resiliency, why it’s important, and tools to aid us in helping those around us to thrive in this chaotic world.  Attendees learned how we can strengthen resiliency in ourselves and others.

One participant commented: You know what’s wicked cool about a progressive understanding of resilience?!  It means that we have control over building/strengthening it in ourselves and in the people who we work with!  It means that it’s not about hoping/praying that we are one of the lucky ones who happen to be resilient.  We can actually work to create a more resilient world and everyone, I mean everyone, has access to the incredible phenomena of being a survivor instead of a victim!!!!!!!”
Angela Fredrickson, Northwest Passage - 2019

Participants from other NYN EVENTS commented:

  • So much appreciated!!
  • Wonderful.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible!
  • Have more like this!
  • Well worth my time.


The heat is on and life is ramping up again.  Hurrah!

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The Northwest Alliance Community Foundation is pleased to announce two upcoming opportunities to expand your horizons.

Exploring the Digital Marketing Landscape featuring Roger Sievers, Sievers Creative part of St. Croix Valley Foundation’s Zoom-based Lunch & Learn series.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 

Navigating the digital marketing landscape can be challenging for nonprofits; rapidly evolving technology, new social media platforms, a fragmented consumer base. We'll discuss current digital marketing trends, review core concepts and tactics, and explore what other organizations are doing well. Plus social media success stories and tactics used to overcome specific challenges.

For more information and registration:


NACF’s Nurturing Your Nonprofit - Social Media for Nonprofits

June 22, 2021

Noon – 1:00

Via Zoom

To register, please reply to and let us know that you’ll be attending.  We’ll then send you the Zoom link.

We'll learn social media strategies nonprofits can use for sharing their organization's story and engaging existing and potential donors. Topics discussed will include social media best practices, what to include in a nonprofit social media strategy, and free or inexpensive tools for managing social media accounts and creating visually-appealing posts.

Our trainer, Lisa Murphy, is a former member of the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation Board of Directors and was recently named Executive Director for United Way St. Croix Valley.

Social Media for Nonprofits is a beginner to intermediate level training. If you have questions about who should attend, please contact Lisa Murphy directly at

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